Students from local schools get into science at UWE

Issue date: 25 April 2006

The Excellence Challenge Around 100 budding young scientists will get the chance to experience the excitement and challenge of science subjects at university in a one-day event designed especially for them by staff in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England.

Year 10 students from secondary schools in Bristol will visit UWE's Frenchay Campus on Wednesday 26 April for 'The Excellence Challenge', a one-day event designed to challenge and stimulate their knowledge and understanding of science subjects.

Students with an aptitude for science who enjoy science subjects will get the opportunity to do workshops in DNA, genetic engineering, glowing bacteria, antibiotics, and Forensic Science. The young people will have practical sessions in state of the art science laboratories and experience expert tuition in a university environment.

Dr Stuart Shales who is helping to organise the event said, “This is the fifth year running that we have held this event and it gives the students a chance to experience a far greater range of possibilities and broadens their understanding of what studying science might open up for them.

“We have selected areas that are exciting and appropriate for the young people to spark their interest and to encourage them to take science further. It is an opportunity for them to extend their scientific knowledge and to focus on new areas which they may not previously have considered – such as forensic science and genetic engineering.”

The secondary schools taking part are: Hengrove, Fairfield, Whitefield, Monks Park, Brislington and St Bernadettes.


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